CONNECTED HEALTH CONFERENCE • SAVE THE DATE • October 16-18, 2019 • Boston, MA
Karen Rheuban, MD, is a professor of pediatrics and senior associate dean for continuing medical education and external affairs at the School of Medicine. She is also the co-founder and director of the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth at UVA. As a pediatric cardiologist, she cares for patients with congenital and acquired heart disease.
Dr. Rheuban was inspired to create the Center for Telehealth by the challenges she faced seeing her own patients, who were spread out across Virginia. She’s now helped thousands of patients access care closer to home. Since its founding in 1996, the Center has facilitated more than 50,000 patient encounters through secure video at more than 150 sites throughout Virginia and locations around the world. Patients have been able to access care in more than 40 specialties, ranging from cystic fibrosis and high-risk pregnancy clinics to psychiatry and diabetes education.
Born in New York, Dr. Rheuban earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and her medical degree from the University of Ohio. She has been with UVA since 1974, when she arrived for a residency in pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in pediatric cardiology. She joined the faculty in 1980.
Dr. Rheuban has testified before Congress on telemedicine and her efforts helped pass a sweeping telemedicine reimbursement bill in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2010. She was nominated by the Medical Society of Virginia and appointed to serve on the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), which she currently chairs. In 2017, the University of Virginia awarded her the Thomas Jefferson Award, its highest honor for service to the university.